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J

I am a library media specialist at a middle/high school. I love classics, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, YA books (especially dystopias!) and picture books.

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 45 ratings
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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Morgan Matson
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (88)
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    (91)

    Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew - just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend.

    Ginger-read Reviews says: "Slow and a bit boring"
    "Light summer YA read"
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    Just finished this and it was a nice bit of escapism- a good summertime read. It definitely had me thinking about the road trips in my past- complete with music, snacks and highway. I recommend this to anyone needing to getaway from the day to day!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15516)
    Performance
    (14044)
    Story
    (14138)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Dystopia!"
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    A really engaging book. I love a good dystopia and Divergent delivers. The narration is good, the characters are strong and the story is engrossing. Insurgent is a great followup. Now I am just waiting for the final book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4139)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2969)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Fantastic"
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    I loved this book almost as much as I loved Bel Canto. Patchett is an amazing storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (349)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Why in the world did I get the abridged version?!"
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    Love this book! Just kicking myself for accidentally choosing the abridged version because I could listen to this forever. Seriously great story and wonderful characters- so relatable! I went back and reread the book after listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2932)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2576)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Annoying!"
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    I found the narrator and the reader annoying! She was like that girl who used to come to the food co-op that I should have been friends with but I found self interested and irritating. She thinks and talks only about herself. Perhaps that is the nature of a memoir... I found this book to be shallow and largely uninteresting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (179)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "Interesting"
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    I really enjoyed this fantasy/historical/realistic fiction mash-up. I especially liked all of the details about music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Incarceron: Incarceron Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Catherine Fisher
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a 17-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

    Laurene says: "Exciting and imaginative"
    "Confusing"
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    I found this fantasy/sci-fi book to be a little confusing. I wanted to like it and the characters, and I kind of did. The premise (I won't give it away) is fascinating and so I think I will have to read the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (247)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "Laugh out loud funny"
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    I struggled with this book at first- so many stereotypes, so many cliches. Once I let that go I just enjoyed the hilarity. This book is supposed to be over the top and once I embraced the exaggeration it made me laugh out loud. I still chuckle just thinking about the characters in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jan-Philipp Sendker
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (364)

    When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

    Monica says: "Basic Story Interesting, But..."
    "Just okay"
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    Just finished this and I feel mixed about it. It was an engrossing story and often it was very beautiful. The details about Burma/Myanmar made me want to visit. I found both Tin Win and Mi Mi inspiring, they made me want to be a better person- a better listener, more generous, less selfish. On the other hand, it felt a little preachy and pedantic. The contrast between Westerners and Burmese was heavy-handed. I'm not sure that the stereotypes hold true for all people from either culture. Also, I guessed the ending long before I got to the ending... and that made it a little less satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1862)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Good, not great"
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    Would you listen to The Chaperone again? Why?

    I enjoyed this fictionalized account of Louise Brooks and her chaperone. Elizabeth McGovern was a fantastic reader. The story itself is interesting but a little didactic. I found the ideas about women's rights and freedoms interesting but a little heavy handed. And yet I kept listening because I genuinely liked both Cora and Louise and wanted to find out what happened to them. And yet, the resolution was a little too tidy for my taste.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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